GEORGE TOWN, Sept 26 — Gerakan revealed today what it claimed was the name of the Penang chief minister’s landlord and showed a paper trail that allegedly linked her to the sale of the disputed Taman Manggis land.
“We have the documents that show Phang Li Koon is the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s (picture) landlord,” said Gerakan vice chief H’ng Khoon Leng in a press conference at the Gerakan headquarters here.
He showed documents from the Land Office that purportedly showed Phang bought the bungalow at Pinhorn Road in 2008 for RM2.5million.
He also showed a stack of documents from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) of several companies, one of which is Winbond Management and Consultant, where Phang is a company director.
H’ng claimed that Phang is a business partner of a ‘Datuk JP’ who owns most of the companies where Phang is a director (including Winbond Management).
“This links her to the Taman Manggis issue because her business partner, ‘Datuk JP’, is a majority shareholder of the Kuala Lumpur International Dentist Centre Sdn Bhd (KLIDC),” he said.
However, H’ng did not produce any proof directly linking Phang to KLIDC except that she is linked to ‘Datuk JP’ through her directorships of several companies together with Datuk JP.
He claimed that Winbond Management and Consultant is part of a loose grouping of companies known as the Winbond Group that is owned by ‘Datuk JP’ and that KLIDC also falls under this group.
“This means Phang is part of the Winbond Group and is linked to KLIDC as it is also part of the same group,” he said.
He said he has all the documentation needed to prove the link between Phang and Taman Manggis, which is why he is not afraid of any legal action from Lim.
“If he wants to sue us for calling him corrupt, we will wait for him to do it. In fact, we welcomed it because this way, we can continue to fight and expose the lies that the state government and Lim have been spreading to hoodwink the public,” he said.
KLIDC is the company that won the bid to purchase a 0.4ha plot of land at the corner of Jalan Zainal Abidin, Burmah Road and Lorong Selamat, otherwise known as the much disputed Taman Manggis.
KLIDC won the tender to purchase the land for RM232psf, or RM11million in total, with plans to build a medical centre or hospital as part of its development.
Gerakan had cried foul over the sale of the land, claiming that it was initially earmarked for the second phase of the Taman Manggis low-cost development project. The first phase of the project with 320 units of housing for the poor was built next to the disputed land.
Gerakan also had protested that the land was underpriced and accused Lim of corruption and abuse of power for selling the land at half the market price to someone linked to his rented residence.
Following the uproar, Lim immediately challenged Gerakan to purchase the land at double the price that it was sold to KLIDC and early this month, issued a letter of offer to Barisan Nasional.
He had said the land title has yet to be transferred as KLIDC did not obtain approval for its project so the state government is still able to sell the land to a higher bidder.
Gerakan answered his challenge and is now in the midst of setting up a company, Taman Manggis Development Phase 2, to purchase the land from the state government at RM24million or RM450psf.
Gerakan plans to build a high-rise building consisting of 272 units of affordable housing that will be rented to the poor for RM124 a month.